Window wells come in many shapes and sizes, and are even made up of different materials. Almost every house has them, and if you are finishing your basement, an escape window well is necessary to meet code. It’s also necessary if you value your family’s life, but more on that later.
As stated above, window wells vary, but the two most common types of wells are:
- Semi-circle window well
- Larger, rectangular window well
Half-Moon Window Well Installation
The Half-Moon wells are most commonly found on the smaller windows in the basement. Many times, these windows don’t even open and are made of glass block. The cost varies on the size and depth of the well.
Rectangular Window Well Installation Cost
More-commonly used for Egress Escape Windows in the basement, these are rectangular in shape and tend to be larger and deeper. You will find these on non-escape windows as well, but not as common. For code, if it is used in an Egress Escape Window, the well must be large enough for a firefighter to fit in with all their gear. This is measured at 3 feet from the home. That’s a big well!
Wells tend to go a bit deeper than the half-moon wells. This is because the smaller windows tend to be at the top of the foundation, used to let light and air in. The egress windows are at least 5.7 square feet and come much farther down in the foundation.
All window wells are installed with new gravel, sealed sides, and removal/regrading of the dirt outside. We will even do our best to re-plant flowers and bushes, in our capacity. A proper Window Well Cover and Window Well Drain are also needed in order to have a fully functioning, dry window well.
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Window Well Covers are an integral part of a functioning Window Well System. And we are not talking about the ones you get at big box stores that blow away and crack at the slightest wind. We are talking Window Well Covers that hold a Lifetime Guarantee and can support over 800 pounds! They come in both translucent and transparent plastic, allowing some or more light into your basement. Our system also allows for two types of connections:
- Wind Clips
- Used mostly for Half-Moon Window Wells, these allow the cover to be secure against the wind, but able to be pulled off from the outside.
- Safety Locks
- These are used mainly in Egress Escape Window Wells, and allow for the cover to be locked from the outside so nobody can break in. To release the cover from the inside, simply remove the cotter pins (takes just a few seconds) and you can get out of the well.
Covers come in many different shapes and sizes. Listed below are the most common-found covers out there:
- Most standard Half-Moon Window Well Covers
- Rectangular Window Well
- Concrete Window Wells
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If you feel you need, or want, new window well covers, give us a call! All covers are custom cut on-site and have a beautiful finish.